The latest industry news and analysis—across all categories—listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

Out-of-town retail parks welcomed more shoppers in August compared to the same month last year amid weakening figures across other types of retail destination.

John Lewis Partnership, parent to department store chain John Lewis and supermarket retailer Waitrose, has appointed Dame Clare Tickell and Michael Herlihy as its first independent directors.

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Left–right: Managing director Simon Spinks and chairman Peter Spinks of Harrison Spinks with Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.
Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks hosted the Queen’s representative in West Yorkshire to its headquarters to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

The Sleep Council — which raises awareness of the importance of sleep on behalf of the U.K. bed industry — has joined forces with Penguin Random House to develop a range of 10 ‘Sleep Tales’ that have been designed to help people relax before they go to bed.

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Scartop Pine's Heywood store. Image: Google
Furniture wholesaler PD Global and its co-owned retail fascia Scartop Pine recorded a seven-figure loss almost two years before its eventual closure, administrators have said in a new report.

Upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com could veer from its monobrand history for the first time according to weekend press reports.

High end furniture maker and retailer Linley recorded a bigger a loss in 2017–18 because of project delays and a strategy pivot but said the future remains bright for the company.

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The JYSK format continues to grow.
JYSK, the inexpensive Danish furniture and homewares retailer, will host an event for property owners in Dublin next week as it looks to accumulate a pipeline of prospective stores.

Westwing, the pan-European home and lifestyle retailer that specialises in short-term flash sales, said shifting its warehouse to Poland hit profitability in the first half of 2019.

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Home24 is one of the biggest online vendors of furniture in Europe.
Fast-growing ecommerce furniture and homewares retailer Home24 continued to gain top line traction in the first half of 2019 and said its year-end target of breaking even by one profit measure remains on track.

The National Bed Federation has named the finalists for its 2019 Bed Industry Awards across the retail and manufacturing categories with the winners to be named later this month.

Window dressings manufacturer Ena Shaw has introduced its first-ever collection of Montgomery branded ready made velvet curtains, designed and manufactured solely in the U.K.

Residential and commercial furniture manufacturer Style Matters is upsizing after agreeing to move to larger premises at a North West industrial park.

The ceremony for the Young Furniture Makers' Awards will this year be sponsored by the January Furniture Show for the first time.

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Tapi has well over 100 stores across the U.K.
Tapi Carpets and Floors, the circa 130-store retail chain built by a former executive of market leader Carpetright and backed by high-profile retail titans, has raised more funding from shareholders.

Associated Weavers, the Belgian carpet manufacturing giant, said it allocated significant funds to its entry into the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) sector in the U.K. market this year.

It is not just the new and emerging companies that established furniture retailers need to be following closely.

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Whitemeadow managing director Ian Oscroft is pictured with head of group human resources Karen Clarridge.
Nottinghamshire furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has achieved Investors In People status, having met the requirement criteria and successfully passed an assessment for the people management standard.

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Dunelm will use its stores as a showcase for some only-only products available for home delivery.
Home retailer Dunelm says it plans to add another 6,000 new lines to its online-only product roster as it looks to continue capturing market share beyond categories for which it was historically known.

National homeware retailer Dunelm Group has appointed Paula Vennells to its board as a non-executive director.

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New product lines proved a winner for Tempur.
Memory foam pioneer Tempur outgunned the wider mattress market in the U.K. in 2018 after new products launched in the previous year gained traction with customers.

Out-of-town home retailer Dunelm Group booked bigger profits after the retailer added another £50 million in sales through 2018–19.

Bank holiday sunshine kept home shoppers away as John Lewis & Partners racked up a sixth straight decline in the broad-brush category, its worst series since the turn of the year.

The 42nd edition of premium interior design show Decorex International takes place in just over a month's time in London with 50 new exhibitors among the lineup.

Furniture and carpets retailer Coytes, which operates three stores in Burton-on-Trent, has consolidated at two of the sites in the town after closing a longstanding unit.

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Lebus is one of the U.K.'s biggest sofa manufacturers.
A fall in overheads boosted profits at Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery after sales were hit by the long spell of sunny weather that brought six straight years of growth to an end.

Two major European foam companies are in dispute after one accused the other of overstepping the mark in the region where the pair have operated a joint venture since the 1990s.

Giorgetti, the upmarket Italian designer furniture manufacturer, is opening a first U.K. showroom after signing a lease for a unit in West London.

Retail sales flatlined in the U.K. last month according to the British Retail Consortium, which represents many of the country's largest retailers.

Manufacturing tech group Biesse is to host an Open Day this autumn pushing the benefits of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, the mark of excellence awarded by The Furniture Makers' Company.

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Sales and underlying profits advanced between April 1–June 30, 2019 for Sharps.
Revenue and underlying profits inched forward for Sharps in the three months to end June with the national bedroom and home office furniture chain saying its order book is in a healthy state.

Big-ticket sentiment among prospective buyers fell back in August as consumer confidence took a dive over fears regarding the U.K. economy.

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Loaf's new Cribbs Causeway store.
Furniture and home accents retailer Loaf has opened its eighth showroom, at Bristol, as it continues to build out its bricks and mortar presence.

Heritage Upholstery Supplies has rebranded as Heritage Components in a move that reflects its evolution into a worldwide furniture components supplier.

Office furniture manufacturer Frem Group has added a new factory in Suffolk after a bumper year in 2018 that saw revenue grow double digit and profits transformed.

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The rate of decline halved for Steinhoff's U.K. houshold goods unit in the three months to June 30, 2019.
The pace of sales decline slowed for Steinhoff International Holding's U.K. household goods unit in the three months to end June 2019 with Bensons for Beds outperforming its sister chain Harveys so far this year.

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West Elm's Tottenham Court Road, London flagship.
Revenue advanced double-digit for West Elm in the second quarter with the U.K. outperforming other international markets for the Brooklyn, U.S. headquartered furniture and home accents retailer.

Kasen International Holdings, the one-time owner of a U.K. upholstery retail chain, recorded double-digit sales growth to Europe in the six months to end June.

The largest U.K. distribution arm of Mohawk Industries, the world's biggest floorcoverings company, booked higher profits after sales growth outgunned the impact of narrower margins.

Wellwishers and mourners have raised the equivalent of more than £72,000 for the Danish Cancer Society following the death of JYSK founder Lars Larsen earlier this month.

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Hush-a-Bye is becoming hushabye (new logo, inset). Its new edj mattress is pictured.
Bed business Hush-a-Bye is rebranding as hushabye with a refreshed identity that better reflects the brand's "tone of voice" according to Nick Gigg, md at the Airsprung Group owned manufacturer.

A variety of elements conspired to bring down the one-time 27-store soft furnishings and bedding chain Yorkshire Linen according to a new report by administrator BDO.

Mattress brand Emma is selling its products through John Lewis & Partners after agreeing a tie-up with the department store chain across selected shops and online.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners recorded weaker sales last week with all three of its main product directorates failing to match year-earlier trade.

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Angie Cresswell has spent 20 years with Designer Contracts. She is pictured above receiving an engraved iPad Pro with md Peter Kelsey.
Designer Contracts, the 15-depot national floorcoverings contractor, has marked the long service of dozens of employees with special recognition awards.

Half-year sales advanced for Headlam Group but interim profits were broadly flat after the floorcoverings giant, the biggest company of its type in Europe, faced up to cost headwinds.

Shop prices fell at their fastest rate in more than a year this month on the back of retailers discounting non-food goods and clearing stock earlier than was the case this time last year.

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Sales continued to build for Mlily.
Output continued to ramp up for the company behind the Mlily mattress and pillow brand in the first half of 2019 despite growth slowing in the second three months of that period.

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Carpetright is the U.K.'s biggest floorcoverings retailer.
Carpetright shareholder Meditor Capital Management has agreed to acquire the retailer's revolving credit facility (RCF) direct from its current lending banks, NatWest and AIB.

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A number of stores are on co-located sites.
U.K. beds and furniture retail chains Bensons for Beds and Harveys could have a new owner by the autumn, according to The Times.

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Store numbers have been falling since 2013.
Fashion-to-furniture retailer Laura Ashley says it will close more stores this coming year as it continues a trend dating back to 2013, when it was trading from 57 more U.K. units than it is today.

ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstery retailer, is expanding its customer service team at its North East headquarters.

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Barnsley Town Centre will benefit from the additional funding. Image: Google
An additional 50 English towns will benefit from the Future High Streets Fund with the U.K. Government upping the total investment into the initiative to £1 billion.

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Michael Boyle is presented with the Housing Units green jacket.
North West home department store retailer Housing Units raised more cash for Kidscan at its annual golf day, taking the total raised for the children's cancer charity to £50,000 in the past four years.

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Glasswells is one of Britain's largest independent retailers.
East of England retailer Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s biggest independent furniture store operators, booked lower sales and profits in 2018–19 because of lower demand and a weaker housing market. Cash generation was stronger.

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Dura Beds' West Yorkshire factory.
Batley mattress maker Dura Beds returned to growth in 2017–18 and says investment at its West Yorkshire plant will result in a further build out in sales.

Customers of prestige British bed maker Savoir can buy certain products online from the company for the first time after it added transactional functionality to its website.

Lancashire manufacturer Burgess Beds appointed from within the bed trade when hiring its new managing director earlier this summer.

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Andrew Mitchell (left) of the Long Eaton Guild and Artistic Upholstery alongside Orbital's Rob Walker.
The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has a new website and the fee for the project has been donated to St. Michael's Hospice, in memory of longtime Guild chairman Matt O'Flynn.

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The second half was better than the first for furniture sales at Laura Ashley.
The furniture sales trend improved for retailer Laura Ashley in the six months to end June though didn't prevent it recording a double-digit full-year decline, blaming weak consumer confidence for hitting products at higher price points.